Alex Ferrance, a longtime Facilities, Engineering and Planning staff member, died Oct. 20 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 59.
Ferrance joined Rice in 1994 as a carpenter and was promoted to carpentry/paint shop supervisor in 1998. In 2008, Ferrance was promoted to the position of facility liaison to the schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering. In addition to his official duties, Ferrance was very active with HOOTS and the American Institute of Architects sandcastle competition, which Rice has participated in for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joanie.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 in the Rice University Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at Farnsworth Pavilion in Rice Memorial Center.